GE Power has been contracted by Pakistan’s government to build a 1.2 GW power plant at Balloki, a move designed at addressing the country’s significant electricity shortfall.
The Balloki combined-cycle gas-fired power plant will go some way towards bridging a 5 GW energy shortfall, with GE providing two high-efficiency 9HA gas turbines, one steam turbine and associated equipment to Harbin Electric International Company Limited for the plant.
This move follows the October announcement of the new 1.1 GW Bhikki combined-cycle power plant, which will also include two 9HA gas turbines and one steam turbine (engineered by Alstom); both the Bhikki and Balloki plants are expected to enter commercial operation in 2017.
The Balloki plant marks the 24th and 25th worldwide orders for GE’s HA, the world’s largest, most efficient gas turbine. Together, Bhikki and Balloki will be able to provide the equivalent power needed to supply more than 12 million Pakistani homes.
“The Balloki plant is part of our game-changing approach to providing sustainable, efficient energy to meet Pakistan’s growing demand for power,” said Rashid Mehmood Langrial, CEO of National Power Park Management Company Limited (NPPMCL), the holding company of the Balloki Power Plant. “We are pleased to work with GE on the advanced technologies needed to drive economic growth and improve the welfare of our people.”
The 9HA offers a net combined-cycle efficiency of more than 61 percent and leads the industry with cleaner, reliable and cost-effective conversion of fuel to electricity.
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